Off The Recordby Mike Farragher
- Singer Jake Bugg’s new album brings us to paradise by way of Memphis
- Pierce Turner returns to US for New York, Philadelphia concerts
- The Celtic Tenors Christmas CD lends an Irish vibe to the sounds of the season
- A year after the tragic loss of lead singer, Mickey Finns rise again
- Back to Boston for Colm O’Brien (VIDEO)
Pierce Turner is back in New York for the holidays and all is right with the world!
By any measure it has been a banner 12 months for this legendary singer songwriter from Wexford. He released the gloriously cool and quirky Songs for a Verry Small Orchestra, a brilliant suite of orchestral pop.
I have a policy not to touch Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, yet the gorgeous delicacies found on the new Celtic Tenors Christmas disc are like trying to stop yourself from tearing into a plate of fresh-baked sugar cookies!
Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson have been weaving their voices for over a decade, thrilling a global audience along the way. This album, called "The Celtic Tenors Christmas," is an early Christmas present to their fans.
So there I was, the wind whipping through the cobblestone streets of Boston. I was wandering aimlessly, head down, trying to figure out how to pay for the enormous bill that I would be getting from any of the colleges that my daughter fell in love with up here during our tour of Beantown over the weekend.
KYF Brewer and his madcap pirates in Barleyjuice are back with yet another batch of hard driving pub sing-alongs called, ingeniously, "This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things."
As the name would imply, the songs on this album are as about as dainty as a charging bull. The band has finally cracked that mythical code of producing an album that sounds exactly like their legendary live shows!
You take one look at the ruler-straight posture, starched shirt, and the perfectly perpendicular tie bar on the guy in the corner of the Starbucks on this casual Sunday morning and you know you have your man.
The private investigator shakes your hand firmly, thanks you for your time, and acknowledges how difficult this line of questioning will likely be for you. He opens his leather clad notebook and writes your name and date on the next blank page in precise block letters.
Van Morrison is giving his fans on both coasts an early Christmas present with a series of concerts in San Francisco and New York this month. He will play Masonic Hall in the Bay Area on the 22nd and 23rd, followed by a stop at The Theater in Madison Square Garden on the 25th and The Beacon Theater on the 26th.
His daughter Shana Morrison, a formidable talent in her own right, is his special guest.
Just in time for the holidays, Celtic Thunder's latest album Christmas Voices has just been released. It’s the latest CD from Celtic Thunder creator Sharon Browne and musical director David Munro.
The album travels around the world to bring an eclectic selection of much loved Christmas standards, delivered with Celtic Thunder’s signature big production sound.
Celtic Thunder has been thrilling audiences for the past six years. They’ve racked up a string of successful albums connected to big production tours.
The juggernaut sees no sign of slowing down, with a Celtic Thunder cruise, another record-breaking tour, Mythology, booked through June of 2014, and a Christmas CD on the way.